August 20 2014

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The New Shoe Diaries: Méchante of London


One of the first things you notice about the shoes in Brit girl Deborah Lyons’ debut collection, called Méchante, is that their heels are quite reasonable. In fact, it doesn’t seem like there’s anything over 100 mm in the bunch. “I’m already quite tall and I’m one of those people who like to be in sneakers a lot of the time,” confesses the 26-year-old. “So I’ve kind of worked on that. There’s padding under the heel and the toe. It takes the edge off the pressure.” However, she adds with emphasis, “I just don’t want it to look like a comfort shoe.” And despite the absence of killer platforms, Méchante fulfills the promise of its moniker, a pet name given to Lyons by a friend that translates to mean or naughty. There’s certainly something quite vixen-ish about her combinations of python and black grosgrain as well as the sly reveals of cutaway ankles and cutouts. “[It’s] slightly futuristic but also retro,” says Lyons. For her first time out, the Parsons grad has scored an impressive retail roster for the collection, which ranges in price from $450 to $850: Dover Street Market, Harrod’s, Matches, and Edon Manor in New York; a West Coast boutique might be added before the month is over. And heel-orexics can take heart. Next spring will include a few nose-bleed heights. Says Lyons with a sigh, “My friends have been complaining that they’re not high enough.”

Photo: Courtesy of Merchante



  1. kirancomp99 says:

    nice! I like it….

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